Sunderland vs Blackburn prediction, odds & betting tips 01/04/2024

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England Championship - Stadium of Light

Sunderland vs Blackburn prediction
Poor results in 2024 have both Sunderland and Blackburn scampering around for answers – Photo by Icon Sport

Sunderland look to be playing for nothing but pride in their remaining games being too far away from the playoffs and boasting a big enough gap to the bottom three. Blackburn Rovers on the other hand are just three points above the bottom three and need to tighten up at the back.

Sunderland vs Blackburn prediction: Rovers desperate to move up the table

Sunderland vs Blackburn predictions
Our pick

🔥Hot tip

Draw/Draw

⚽ Correct score prediction

Sunderland 2-2 Blackburn

⚽ Anytime goalscorer

Sammie Szmodics

Key stats

  • Blackburn's Sammie Szmodics is the Championship's top scorer
  • Sunderland are winless in their last three home games
  • Sunderland have kept just one clean sheet in 2024

Pre-game odds and win probability: Sunderland are slight home favourites

Home: 6/5 (2.2) – 45.%

Draw: 23/10 (3.3) – 30.3%

Away: 9/4 (3.25) – 30.8%

Sunderland are not in a great run of form as of late, so despite them being favourites, it appears as though the bookmakers have that just because of their home advantage. So our advice would be to avoid the outright winner market and instead, look towards our free betting tips.

Having been in free-flowing scoring form over the weekend, you may wish to take some inspiration from our other goalscorer predictions for some of Europe's top leagues on our betting insights page. This could put you in a good place to make a wise punt on a Sunderland player to outscore Blackburn.

Last five H2Hs: Home side usually comes out on top

Before Sunderland's emphatic 3-1 away victory earlier in the season, the home side had won the last two fixtures when these sides met. There has also only been one clean sheet for the winning side in two of the last five games, making the Both Teams to Score market very appealing.

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Blackburn

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Sunderland preview: Black Cats looking to snap poor home form

Sunderland have not managed to win at the Stadium of Light since February 10th having lost to Swansea and Leicester while also drawing to QPR in that run. However, after a positive result away to Cardiff, they'll be confident of making it back-to-back victories.

Predicted lineup: Patterson (GK) – Styles, Ballard, O'Nien, Hume – Neil, Ekwah – Dack, Bellingham, Rigg – Semedo

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Watford

Watford

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Sunderland

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Millwall

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Sunderland

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West Brom

West Brom

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Sunderland

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Sunderland

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Blackburn preview: A must-not-lose in the relegation battle

John Eustace is yet to win a game as Blackburn's manager as they continue their slide towards the bottom three. An expected defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town won't knock spirits too much, but this away trip will be seen as a must-not-lose.

Predicted lineup: Pears (GK) – Pickering, Wharton, Hyam, Brittain – Tronstad, Ayari – Sigurdsson, Szmodics, Hedges – Gallagher

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Leicester

Leicester

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Blackburn

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Coventry

Coventry

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Blackburn

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Sheff Wed

Sheff Wed

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Blackburn

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Leeds

Leeds

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Blackburn

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Bristol City

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Blackburn

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Blackburn Rovers' Sammie Szmodics
Blackburn's Sammie Szmodics is the Championship's top scorer – Photo by Icon Sport

Player to watch – Sammie Szmodics

It's still a mystery how a side boasting the league's top scorer can be in a very tight relegation battle, but that is where Blackburn find themselves despite Szmodics' best efforts. The Republic of Ireland international has 21 strikes to his name in what's been a stunning season.

Szmodics is thriving home and away

Szmodics has been lighting up all competitions this season with 27 strikes in 40 appearances as well as earning his first international call-up. The Irish striker has not shied away when playing in front of rival fans either as two of his last four goals have come away from home.

So, it would be no surprise to see him punish Sunderland and extend his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts.


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